Frequently Asked Questions


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To help you better understand the Leveltek process, we’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you need additional information, email us at:

What is a Leveltek Stretch Leveler?

A Leveltek Stretch Leveler is a piece of equipment that produces memory-free steel on new or existing light and heavy gauge cut-to-length lines. The Stretch Leveler is ideal for meeting fabricators’ increased demands for the steel required by laser and plasma cutting.

How does a Leveltek Stretch Leveler work?

The Leveltek Stretch Leveler uses proprietary technology to produce memory-free steel.

What are the key features and benefits of a Leveltek Stretch Leveler?

The main characteristics and advantages of our stretch levelers are:

  • Higher reliability; more up-time
  • Versatility
  • Stretches light and heavy gauge products by unique mechanical advantage
  • Real-time feedback
  • Few moving parts; commercially available
  • Fast installation period; modular design
  • Built on a flat concrete floor; no foundation digging
  • Costs far less than a new line

Can the Leveltek Stretch Leveler handle HSLA grades?

Yes. It’s one of the many heavy and light gauge products our stretch leveler can flatten to memory-free steel.

How long has Leveltek International been in business?

Since 1997, we’ve been installing our equipment in steel production facilities worldwide, because our superior technology fills a vital market need.

Why should I trust my coils to be processed on Leveltek’s patented stretch leveling system?

Because this patented technology performs at a level unmatched in the industry, it restores to perfection coils that would otherwise end up as scrap metal, and is guaranteed not to mark or scratch the surface being stretched.

How does the Leveltek Stretch Leveling System work?

A patented, non-marking process grips and stretches the unrolled steel, eliminating shape defects such as edgewave, center buckle, quarter buckle, camber, crossbow, mandrel or coil breaks, some types of chatter, herringbone/mill chop, and twist.

On what kinds of substrates can the Leveltek Stretch Leveling System be used?

The Leveltek system can correct the flatness in coils of stainless steel, titanium, aluminum, brass, copper, high-temperature alloys, galvanized steel, and other ferrous and non-ferrous materials, to make them commercially acceptable.

How is the Leveltek System superior to other stretch leveling systems?

Leveltek’s stretch leveler has the ability to stretch with the force of 1.25 million pounds, which allows flattening of metals beyond ¼-inch thick, or with yields in excess of 100,000 psi. Even with materials that can be flattened using other methods, our process provides a higher standard of flatness for critical or special surfaces that are:

  • Bright Annealed
  • Polished
  • Painted
  • Patterned
  • Plated/Coated

Does any shrinkage occur in the leveling process?

Every ton or kilo of metal that your customer sends you can be returned. The only measurable effects that Leveltek Stretch Leveling Systems have on the coil are a slight reduction in width, and a slight increase in length.

For what kinds of applications should coils undergo the Leveltek process?

The Leveltek process is ideal for coils that require exceptional flatness in laser cutting, stamping, slit mults, cut-to-length, perforating and burning, for the manufacture of products such as cathode plates, pipes and tubes, architectural panels, coiled plates, tread plates, refrigeration panels, lithograph plates and food processing equipment.

Where is Leveltek located?

Leveltek is headquartered in Benwood, West Virginia, one hour southwest of Pittsburgh.